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10/24/16 – 4:48 A.M.

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Ted Strickland paid a visit to Findlay over the weekend. The Courier reports Strickland told an audience at the United Steel Workers hall Saturday it was important to get out and vote. He also said it was important to stump for votes in an area that typically leans Republican…

Audio: Ted Strickland

Strickland also said it’s important to have two strong parties in Ohio…

Audio: Ted Strickland

Strickland said it was too late to try and sway voters from one candidate to another. Instead, he said the conversation has to be about getting people who have made up their mind to the polls.

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Our series of profiles for the candidates you’ll see on the November ballot looks at the 83rd House District race today. On the topic of opiate abuse in the state, incumbent Robert Sprague says he’s supported measures to reduce opiate addiction…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says he has also supported efforts to limit doctor shopping among other initiatives.

When it comes to education, Sprague says high standards are good, but they need to stop changing so much…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says as far as educational funding goes, the state has worked to make sure rural districts get their share of funding as well.

On the topic of overseeing medical marijuana, Sprague says doctors should only prescribe it in certain situations…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague does not believe a chronic pain diagnosis should get a prescription for medical marijuana.

Next week we’ll focus on the Putnam County Sheriff’s race.

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10/17/16 – 12:36 P.M.

Our series of profiles for the candidates you’ll see on the November ballot changes its focus to the 83rd House District race today. On the topic of opiate abuse in Ohio, challenger Mary Harshfield says there needs to be more education about the subject…

Audio: Mary Harshfield

Harshfield says there also needs to be more money spent at a state level on recovery efforts for addicts.

When it comes to education, Harshfield says the state needs to let teachers decide what’s best for students…

Audio: Mary Harshfield

Harshfield says she fears that children who don’t do well on tests are getting left behind.

On the topic of overseeing medical marijuana, challenger Mary Harshfield says believes the state will put proper restrictions in place…

Audio: Mary Harshfield

Harshfield adds it took way too long for Ohio to legalize medical marijuana.

Tomorrow we’ll hear from the incumbent in the 83rd House District, Robert Sprague.

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10/19/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Our series of profiles for the candidates you’ll see on the November ballot continues today with the Hancock County Commissioners race. On the topic of flood mitigation, challenger William Bateson says he wants to see the greatest benefit for the community…

Audio: William Bateson

Bateson said because of that, he couldn’t say if he would support a diversion channel or not.

On the topic of renovating the probate and juvenile court, Bateson says that could be costly, and there are other needs to address…

Audio: William Bateson

Bateson adds current leaders need to make a decision on how much they want to invest in the current probate facility.

On economic development, Bateson said transparency is crucial when spending on development projects…

Audio: William Bateson

Tomorrow our focus shifts to the 83rd House District race.

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10/18/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Our series of profiles for candidates you’ll see on the November ballot begins today with the Hancock County Commissioners race. On the topic of flood mitigation, incumbent Mark Gazarek says he’s all-in on whatever Stantec Consulting recommends…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

On the topic of renovating the probate and juvenile court, incumbent Gazarek says the current set up doesn’t work…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

With that in mind, Gazarek says renovation would be a better option than building new because of the cost of a new building.

When it comes to economic development, Gazarek said having job ready sites helps lure more companies…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said an investment in infrastructure also helped bring McClane to the county.

Challenger William Bateson’s profile will air tomorrow.

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10/17/16 – 5:41 A.M.

Bowling Green State University officials are investigating a racial vandalism incident on campus. The Sentinel-Tribune reports someone spray-painted a slur on the spirit rock near Kreischer Quad. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said the graffiti was quickly removed.

A statement from Mazey said, “This type of hate speech will NOT be tolerated at BGSU.”

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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10/17/16 – 5:36 A.M.

Local gas prices are coming down. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.14 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down 12 cents from last Monday. Prices are roughly the same as they were a month ago.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.09 per gallon today. That’s a 15 cent drop over the last seven days.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.15, a 13 cent decrease from last Monday.

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10/17/16 – 5:25 A.M.

A fire damaged two Fostoria homes Sunday afternoon. The Review-Times reports the fire broke out at 238 East Crock Street around 4:45 p.m. The blaze also damaged a home at 239 East Crocker Street.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office will meet with firefighters to help with the investigation today.

No one was home when the fire started. Firefighters were able to save several pets from the house.

MORE: Review-Times

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10/17/16 – 5:16 A.M.

Officials in Columbus Grove want the speed limit on State Route 65 lowered. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Village Administrator Jeff Vance recently asked ODOT to lower the limit to 40 miles-per-hour through town. Vance said ODOT responded by saying they could lower the limit to 45, but not 40. Police Chief Nick Gilgenbach said that would work.

Both Vance and Gilgenbach said an increased number of businesses on the edges of town make it necessary to reduce the speed limit through the village.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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10/17/16 – 5:07 A.M.

ODOT crews continue to work around Hancock County this week. I-75 remains reduced to one lane in both directions between State Route 235 and the Hancock County Road 60 overpass. The project should wrap up by late this month. The work has caused several delays over the past couple of months, so be sure to check our live traffic map if you drive that direction.

Elsewhere, crews finished the resurfacing of State Route 12 through Arcadia last week. They’ll install rumble strips and pavement reflectors this week.

Part of eastbound State Route 12 remains closed during working hours this week. Crews are installing a storm sewer line in that area.

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